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Re: An idea whose time has com: NetBib


Sounds like a valuable public service for the auditory community.  I
suppose you have thought about the issues of

1)  Citations to things other than books, chapters, and articles...e.g.
JASA abstracts.

2)  How you are going to deal with periodic upgrades?  Maybe each of the
persons represented will automatically get an annual request for the
year's materials?  It does sound like an ongoing human effort required to
incorporate the annual submissions.  I guess you have thought all that


On Thu, 23 Apr 1998, Jont Allen wrote:

> Dear Auditory,
> I would like to build a public database of everybody's (i.e., anyone who
> to contribute) bibliography. I am asking that anybody (everybody) who
> has a personal bibliography, send it to me, and I (and my collaborators) will
> attempt to create a common database that may be accessed via the WWW,
> by author, topic, subject, date, or combinations of these fields.
> Eventually, my hope is that this database will be able to spit back
> a bibliograph for your papers that is highly accurate, that you can
> automatically include as your references. It will be accurate because
> the authors of the papers will have personally verified that the references
> are correct.
> If you would like to contribute, here is what I would like you to do.
> Prepare an ascii file with all your papers. I would prefer bibtex format
> (an ascii format) if possible, because that will be the  lowest common
> denominator for the software. However, I will take it in ANY format,
> and at some point, I will attempt to convert it into the common database.
> The most common ones will be included first, of course.) The more standard
> the source file, the more likely it will be included in the database.
> Authors will be able to modify their submissions by downloading their
> results, correcting it, and resubmitting it. I suppose each author will
> be given a password that allows them access to their personal database.
> Eventually we can include other verified databases. Hopefully we can find
> a way to cross-reference identical references, and remove the bad ones.
> This type of processing is for the future however, and can not be part of the
> initial scheme.
> If you want to search the data base for papers, we will provide a web-site
> that you can use to present your request. First you will be presented with
> the search results, as a web page, and then you will be given the option to
> be sent an email with the final search results. Of course this will all be
> Feel free to start sending files at any time, in zip or mime encoded format,
> to me jba@research.att.com. I'll buy dinner, at the Seattle ASA meeting, for
> first person with an ascii contribution. (PS, I am not font of binary files,
> so that is the WORST possible format. They may take a LONG time for us to
>  process!
> DOC files are in that class, if you didn't know already! :),
> Jont
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